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Diet for a Green Planet - International Course, 15 cr

Pris The total cost for this course of 15 cr is 200€. This is divided into 2 separate payment rates. One at the beginning of the first study unit, and the second in January 2022. The studies in OpenUAS are free of charge if you are unemployed (until end of 2021). You also study free of charge if you work in Novia or if you are a student in another school.
Anmälningstid 01.02.2021 08:00 - Non-stop
Omfattning 15.00 sp
Språk English
Tidpunkt AT 03.05.2021 - 31.12.2021, ST 01.01.2022 - 29.04.2022

Diet for a Green Planet - International Course, 15 cr
Part-time online studies.

Target group:
Are you working in the food system or are you interested in sustainability issues or transformative leadership?
This is a course for you!
You might be active in some of the following sectors;

  • Professionals working in the food system – from farm to fork​
  • Primary producers​
  • Sustainability developers, planners
  • Processing – artesan food producers​
  • Public food, tender​
  • Catering, restaurants​

 

Aims of the studies:
“..to understand the food system from farm to fork and how the food system is connected to climate change mitigation, eutrophication, biodiversity, human health, and rural development.”​

“..to empower individuals who are active in the food system to become change agents through a holistic understanding of the food system.”​

“..to develop skills in leadership and interventions for enhanced sustainability that can be applied in professional work in production, public food, tender, catering and restaurants.”

 

This course of 15 credits consists of the following 3 study units:

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* Diet for a Green Planet - Understanding Sustainability in the Food System, 5 cr
(VAL20036)

Competence objectives of the study unit:
By the end of the study unit, the students are expected to / will: 

  • Be familiar with the key concepts: Ecological Regenerative Agriculture,
    Sustainable Food Societies, Diet for a Green Planet, Planetary Boundaries,
    Agenda 2030, and Ecological Footprints.
  • Have the competence to describe, exemplify, and reflect on local food in season.
  • Have the competence to understand food products using the concept Diet for a
    Green Planet.
  • Have the competence to understand and reflect on the ecological balances on a farm using the concept Ecological Regenerative Agriculture

Content of the study unit:

  • Introduction to the concepts: Planetary Boundaries, Agenda 2030, Baltic Sea
    Region Strategy, and Ecological Footprints.
  • Introduction to the ecosystem on a farm - what makes it regenerative?
  •  Introduction to the Building Ecological Regenerative Agriculture and Society
    (BERAS) concepts: Diet for a Green Planet, Ecological Regenerative Agriculture,
    and Sustainable Food Societies.
  • Tracing of food products from fork to farm
  • Local food in season.
  • Visit to a farm and description of a farm in a systems perspective.

Time:
03.05.2021-30.09.2021

Assessment criteria
Approved / Failed
For approval, active participation, completed tasks, active co-creation, and projects
initiated by the student are counted towards the final grade.
Points are awarded for each accomplishment and the study unit is approved by passing a minimum of 100 points.
This allows for different ways to prove that the competence requirements are met.

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* Diet for a Green Planet - Interventions to Promote Healthy and Sustainable Food, 5 cr
(Val 20037-3001)

Competence objectives of the study unit
After the course the student will have:

  • An ability to suggest feasible and relevant methods/improvements to (a) promote
    a sustainable local food system (b) improve the healthiness, and impact on the
    environment, and (c) to reduce food waste.
  • A better understanding of, and deepen your capacity for, listening and
    perspective-taking.

Content of the study unit

  • Study visits including a farm, a food processor and a catering or large kitchen.
  • The art of listening training
  • Assignments for
    a) healthy and environmentally sound food
    b) protein shift and
    c) with minimizing waste.
  • The Baltic Sea Region Strategy will be consulted in the work with the assignments.

Time:
01.09.2021-31.12.2021

Assessment criteria
Approved / Failed
For approval active participation, completed tasks, active co-creation, and initiatives
are counted. Points are awarded for each accomplishment and the study unit is
approved by passing a minimum of 100 points. This allows for different ways to
prove that the competence requirements are met.

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* Diet for a Green Planet - Project Development, 5 cr
(VAL 20038-3001)

Competence objectives of the study unit
After the course the student will have:

  • The capacity to move from observation and reflection to action and to develop a
    feasible project plan for implementing actions that further sustainability in the
    local food system.
  • The ability to listen deeply and reflect on one’s own role, including room for action,
    as a change agent in the local community and (global) society, and be able to
    reflect on one’s own driving forces in relation to a sustainable leadership.
  • The ability to reflect over one's own organisation, in relation to its ability to move to action.

Prerequisites
Study unit 1: Diet for a Green Planet - Understanding Sustainability in the Food System
and study unit 2: Diet for a Green Planet - Interventions to Promote Healthy and Sustainable Food.

Content of the study unit

  • Leadership exercises to deepen self awareness and listening skills
  • The study unit is defined by an exam project. A template is offered as a
    guidance. The project is to make a plan for a transformation that the student has a real drive to
    accomplish and it is a real life issue in the students' work place. The studies are
    arranged to support your preparation of this transformation.
  • Stakeholder interviews
  • Deep listening and constructive feedback.

Time:
03.01.2022-29.04.2022

Assessment criteria
Approved / Failed
Approval is assessed by completed project work and live presentation.
Active co-creation, participation and initiatives are also counted.

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The teacher will send you more information after last date of application 26.4.2021.

Contactperson:
Lars Fridefors, lars.fridefors@novia.fi